a Hitch-Hiker's guide to Vancouver Island would be useful...
24.08.2009 - 24.08.2009 18 °C
Next stop after Victoria (where we are at the moment): Ucluelet
Also known as Tofino in small, less expensive, and more relaxed.
We'll be trying our luck at hitch-hiking our way there, over Nanaimo to Port Alberni to Ucluelet, or better yet: straight from Victoria to Ucluelet, but that would be wishful thinking. Bus rides of that length, meaning Victoria-Ucluelet would be too expensive and I've finally got Patrick to see into doing some money saving, i.e. eating can food and not spending 20 bucks a day on food - so it comes naturally that we try and get to Ucluelet the cheapest way possible, Hitch-Hiking!
Our plan so far seems fairly good: on Wednesday morning we set out with our backpacks to Highway 1 and hold up a sign reading "Looking for ride to Nanaimo->Port Alberni->Ucluelet" and hope for some friendly Canadians to take us along. It worked well for the 5km from the end of the West Coast Trail to the parking lot, so why not then and there on a minorly longer route? Should be an adventure in and of itself so I'm looking forward to it :D
Once we're there we'll spend 100 bucks for 2 days of surfing, some money on the camping ground (if we don't find a place where we can set up tent for free) and maybe for some can food, but we'll look into those minor details once we're there. After we've surfed a bit, we'll decide if we want to stay a bit or head back top Victoria - another Hitch-Hiking Adventure - where we will then try to woof somewhere while looking for a neat ol' car to take us up north on our road trip.
That road trip should look something like a short stop in Vancouver, stocking up on can food and camping gas, then driving to Banff, up through the National Park of Banff and Jasper, then heading up to Whitehorse, hopefully woofing there for a bit before heading back down to the warmer areas of Vancouver and surroundings, at which point we are expecting our budget to be very limited so we will hopefully have found a job as snowboarding teachers in some smaller ski resort. If that job has not yet been found, and we truely are running out of money, we will resort back to the good old woofing technique to keep us warm and fed while looking for a job. Then, when the Snowboarding/skiing season is over, we will set out with our trusty car, that will hopefully still be running and in our possession at the time to check out the east coast, where we awesomely already have some government guy who offered us to stay with him and his family in Ottawa while he was eating one of our burgers at Chez Moniques (kudos to Patrick for organizing this - and I was thinking he was shirking the kitchen work, shame on me). 2 months for Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Quebec, the Great Lakes, Niagara Falls and other surrounding amazingities (neologism) should be more than enough time, don'cha think?
So, there's our 9 months planned out for you, let's hope it all goes as planned, and one good coincidence and/or friendly Canadian follows another!
On a side note: sadly the computers here at the hostel seem to not want to accept cameras or their memory cards, so I can't upload pictures from the past 2 weeks yet, but I'll try again tomorrow in another hostel.
That leaves only 2 more words to say:
PS: I also have a Canadian prepaid card now, the number is: 250-891-4579
but only for emergencies/sms because long-distance calls are really expensive
this also means, I'm not going to be available on my old number anymore.